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J.B. Wogan

Staff Writer

J.B. Wogan -- Staff Writer. J.B. covers public programs aimed at addressing poverty and writes the monthly human services newsletter. He has also written for PolitiFact, The Seattle Times and Seattle magazine. He is the co-author of Peak Performance: How Denver's Peak Academy is saving millions of dollars, boosting morale and just maybe changing the world. (And how you can too!)

In 2010, the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association named him "News Writer of the Year" for his work at The Sammamish Review, a community weekly east of Seattle. J.B. is a graduate of Pomona College and has a master's in public policy from Johns Hopkins University. 

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